The C4I Affiliate Faculty is a community of MSU faculty members and staff who have a central interest in interdisciplinary research, teaching, and practice. C4I Faculty Affiliates represent a broad range of units on campus, including 10 colleges, and have access to small grant programs and networking opportunities. MSU faculty and staff apply for membership in the Affiliate Faculty in the fall of the year.
Kristin L. Arola
Associate Professor – Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures; Affiliate, Digital Humanities & American Indian & Indigenous Studies Program; Member, Multimodal Working Group
Christina Boyles explores the relationship between disaster, social justice, and the environment, examining the impact of disaster response mechanisms on communities and envisioning new, more ethical, possibilities for the future.
James M. Chen
Justin Smith Morrill Chair in Law, Professor – School of Law, Counsel to Technology Law Group
Multidisciplinary approach for global health and One Health
Dai is currently working on a monograph tentatively titled Chinese Feminist Philosophy: Theorizing Chinese Feminism in Transcultural Contexts, which is a transdisciplinary writing project as it synthesizes and theorizes themes in Chinese feminist scholarship accumulated in multiple disciplines (such as history, sociology, philosophy, social science, comparative studies, religious studies, and cultural studies) in the past three decades.
My current research focuses on the ethics of eating and engages with a range of philosophical traditions, psychological and sociological work, nutritional and diet research, as well as historical and literary analysis.
Associate Professor of French – Romance and Classical Studies
I am currently analyzing the influence of the Marquis de Sade on DYI-cultures, including punk and comics, with a specific focus on second- and third wave feminist movements by combining a social, historical, political, philosophical, comparative and literary approach in studying these movements.
Diane M. Doberneck
Adjunct Associate Professor, Dept. of Community Sustainability; The Center for Gender in Global Context, consulting and associate faculty; Diversity Research Network, member
I focus on interdisciplinary community-engaged scholarship (research and teaching & learning) and do that through research, professional development, workshops, mentoring, and consultations on campus and with other universities. My secondary interdisciplinary focus is on community engagement in conservation, sustainability, and rural community development, including in the rural West of Ireland’s Co. Mayo.
I am a philosopher of science who works on the relationships among science, values, and democratic publics. I am currently working on how to reconceptualize the relationship between science and society, away from a social contract model, towards one that captures the strengths and responsibilities inherent in empirical knowledge production, and shows more clearly the role broader society should play in that process.
The appropriation and performance of divine identities by autocratic rulers, and the audial and visual documentation of traumatic memories.
Kevin C. Elliott
Professor – Lyman Briggs College, Dept. of Fisheries and Wildlife, and Philosophy, Member of National Academy of Sciences Committee on Emerging Science for Environmental Health Decisions
Max Evjen works at the intersection of theatre, digital engagement, and museums.
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is director of MESH, a research and development unit at MSU focused on the future of digital scholarly communication, and she is director of Humanities Commons, an open-access network serving 29,000 scholars and practitioners across the humanities and around the world.
Associate Clinical Professor of Law Writing Specialist – College of Law
Deeply inspired by her daughter, Zuri Hudson, anti-racist instruction, the Civil Rights Movement, the Harlem Renaissance, social justice activism, and generational storytelling practices – Dr. Jones Stanbrough’s artistic and literary hankerings are inclusive of community outreach and teaching with joy.
My research is at the intersection of science, policy and communication.
My scholarly interests are creative-critical rhetorics, institutional change, and experiential learning. I’m currently working on a new album about healing from trauma called Hold Me Down, which reimagines roots music as a way to explore the affective elements of genre.
Bethany researches and facilitates knowledge integration in academia.
Sheng-mei Ma (馬聖美mash@msu.edu) is Professor of English at Michigan State University in Michigan, USA, specializing in Asian Diaspora culture and East-West comparative studies.
Dr. Georgina M. Montgomery
Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Teaching and Learning – Lyman Briggs College
Engaged in an interdisciplinary NSF-funded project examining the impact of an inclusive climate on professional outcomes for under-represented scholars in academic STEM. Also working on a history of a long-term ecological site in Oxford, U.K., used for both scientific and artistic endeavors.
Perry Parks is working to integrate humanistic perspectives such as history, philosophy, rhetoric, and art into journalism studies research, teaching, and practice.
Dr. Robert T. Pennock
Listening to Native Latin America across the centuries.
I am facilitating a doctoral fellowship focused on good practice in international collaborations. One piece of that is to highlight the growing role of interdisciplinary, international collaborative work.
Daniel T. Smith, Jr.
Assistant Professor – Theatre Studies
Dr. Sieg Snapp
Associate Director for the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations, Professor – Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, Chair of specializations in Ecological Food and Farming Systems & Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems.
In collaboration with MSU’s Institute of Global Health, I’m investigating the relationship between spirituality, religion, and human wellness.
Associate Director, School of Journalism; Professor of Practice in Journalism, Project Manager and Creative Director for the Convergence for Innovative Energy Solutions grant
Associate Professor of Musical Theatre and Choreography
Brad is researching Motion Capture, VR, AR and other digital connections between many areas in the humanities, specifically movement, social dance, acting, music and singing.
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
Trained in the interdisciplinary field of Religious Studies, Laura Yares’ current projects include a book on the history of the Jewish Sunday school in 19th century America, and a contemporary ethnographic study of Jewish cultural arts.
Associate Professor of Art History and Visual Culture – Department of Art, Art History, and Design
My most recent research on Indian contemporary art combines art historical and ethnographic methods in writing that cheerfully violates disciplinary boundaries that separate considerations of political economy from discussions of the artistic form.
Associate Professor – Department of Community Sustainability, Environmental Science & Policy Program, School of Criminal Justice
My current research is focused on state and federal policy approaches towards sustainable natural resource management and climate change resilience.